Sunday, August 2, 2015
Ten Top Reasons To Love August
Stuck somewhere between the 4th of July (everyone's favorite summer holiday) and the nondescript Labor Day, August often gets lost in the shuffle.
But August is a wonderful month -- a month that simply does not get enough attention and is wrongly unheralded.
Here are ten reasons to love August:
1) The month has no holidays -- no special days that you need worry about. So, in August every day is special and every day belongs to you.
2) Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. August invites you to linger. Indeed, the summer heat of August compels you to linger. Stretch out, gaze, daydream - do whatever you want!
3) Fresh sweet corn, tomatoes and peaches. All are at their peak in August and all are wonderful!
4) Julius Caesar. The great Roman emperor extended our summer by adding two days to August in 753 BC. Now, August has 31 wonderful days!
5) The Perseids, a spectacular meteor shower which will light up the August sky this year between August 9 and 14. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour. They can be seen all across the sky in the northern hemisphere.
6) The ocean water temperature which warms in August and becomes about as inviting as it's gonna be all summer. Wonderful!
7) Go Topless Day on August 29th. What? You didn't know about this? It's about as frivolous a commemoration as you can imagine and this year it's held a day after the Philly Naked Bike Ride. Now, that's a double (or triple or quadruple) pleasure, depending on how you view it.
8) The fearless lion and the sun. Most August birthdays are blessed to be part of the most regal sign of the zodiac, Leo. Those born under Leo take the Lion as their mascot and rule as natural born leaders. Their planet is the sun.
9) Red, yellow and orange. The incadescent colors of August.
10) Augustus, the founder of the Roman empire who ruled from 27 BC until his death in 14 AD. The reign of Augustus initiated an era of peace known as Pax Romana. Were it not for Augustus, August would still be known as Sextilis, it's original name. Hey, we told you this was a sexy month. Enjoy!